tv This Week With George Stephanopoulos ABC July 15, 2012 9:00am-10:00am EDT
good morning and welcome to "this week." down and dirty. >> when you run for president, everything is called into question. >> say he's sorry. the company's nastiest week yet. >> either mitt romney was misrepresenting his position, which is a felony or he was lying to the american people. >> are these debates fair game or distractions from the big issues? which side is winning and how much will voters care come november? >> questions for our headliner, chicago mayor rahm emanuel and
new hampshire senator kelly ayotte, a potential running mate. and outrage over those olympic uniforms made in china and the cover-up of sexual abuse at penn state. >> sandusky was allowed to continue with impunities. all that and more with our powerhouse roundtable. hello again. everything is happening at hyperspeed in this campaign. only july. the obama campaign has already spent $100 million on campaign ads. most of them going over mitt romney. in their latest ad said that the preside
mitt romney is lying about his record at bain capital. >> the obama outsourcing attacks, misleading, unfair and untrue. america expect more from a president. obama's dishonest campaign, another reason america has lost confidence in barack obama. >> and with that, let's get a response from obama campaign chair, current chicago mayor rahm emanuel. good morning, mr. mayor. >> good morning, george. >> romney went further in an interview with jon karl on friday, he demanded that president obama apologize for chicago-style politics, any chance he'll get one? >> first of all, you know, it's interesting -- no, i don't think so because mitt romney said bain is his calling card for why he should be president. he doesn't take about his record as governor of massachusetts. he said that i created jobs at
bain capital. it talks exactly in president obama's campaign about what mitt romney's record is at bain capital. >> what he says that outsourcing occurred after 1989 when he left bain capital. >> george -- george, you say point to it. he signed it. he was chairman, ceo, president, you can't as president of the united states, you can't have a sign on the desk, gone fishing. you can put that on the desk, basically, the buck stops there. you can't say to the people, i'm not accountable. then he says the reason i should be president is bain capital. well, let's look at it. when you look at it's not the record presented. that's the policy that led to jobs going overseas. he said, he told people, manufacturing is not part of our
future. 500,000 jobs have been created in the manufacturing sector in the past three years, it is part of our future. >> do you really believe that what was suggested the other day that he committed a felony -- >> first of all, stephanie cited the law and it's very clear, either the filing with the fcc is accurate or that's honest and the sec isn't honest. both can't be accurate depicting the time. >> he said that it was just a formality. he was untangling his involvement with bain. >> george, he has made bain capital his calling card for the presidency, as you look at it it doesn't measure up to what he claims. on those filings, one is
accurate and the other one isn't accurate. the second thing is, give it up about stephanie, don't worry about that, what are you going to do when a china president says something about you? stop whining. if you want to claim bain capital as your calling card for the white house, defend what happened to bain capital and what happened to those jobs that went overseas, those jobs that were actually cut and eliminated. the very companies that went into bankruptcy. the president of the united states said, no, we're going to defend gm and today america's auto industry is -- the campaign has been pushing very hard for mitt romney to release more of his tax returns, he said that the public has everything they need to know to understand his
finances. we know that romney made a lot of money, what more will the returns tell us that we don't know. >> two points are really important. first of all, mitt romney's own father said you should only release one year, he released one year. okay, transparency and what that says. he has released only one year, the mccain campaign, he released 23 years. he's telling the american people, i'm not giving you what i gave john mccain's people. john mccain's people went with sarah palin. whatever is in there is far worse than the first year. the romney campaign isn't stupid. they have decided it's better to get attack on lack of accountability on american people rg, versus telling what's
in those taxes. they're not enjoying this. now the second thing, george, he did not just relatively, he paid 14%, about half of what a middle-class family pays. second, you learned in one year, about caymans, bahamas and switzerlands, where his different accounts are. his tax returns looks like an olympic village than a middle-class family tax reform. unless you have his taxes, and i have seen this in the oval office, george, there are going to be times where the president of the united states has to make choices. will it be a middle class family's desired to get a tax credit for a child and help him raise him in a middle-class family or will we protect the
bahamas, luxe up bourg, george, those are the trade-offs. >> i get that. >> one year you have learned -- this is a big decision -- he has fully used what's legal and that's the problem with the tax code. >> i want to move on, he also said that you're all pushing these issues from the president who can't run on records. two-thirds of the american public think that the country is going in this wrong direction. >> and george, let's go to two very points, the same polls said that president obama would fight for the middle class and mitt romney would not. second, the most critical decision made in the last three years about the economy, the industrial sector, obama went one way to keep the jobs here, keeping 1.2 million
manufacturing jobs. mitt romney would let them go bankrupt, why, because that's how he would deal with companies. our autoare toe industry is thriving and creating jobs here. the reason was, the president of the united states wouldn't throw the towel -- and that's a critical economic decision. >> okay, you made that point. you said that he's going to be an outsourcer of jobs. what romney said that obama hasn't done enough to stop jobs from going overseas. take a look. >> since this program began, 79% of the 2.1 billion in stum us grants awarded through it, went to overseas companies. >> can you imagine the chinese communist party passing a stimulus package and importing, importing goods from the united states?
>> outsourcing has increased over the last three years, doesn't it undercut the president's argument that mitt romney would be the outsourcer in chief. >> i opened up a facility here in chicago, a health care facility was built with stimulus dollars. on the west side of the city and it's health care facility in a poor area and it created jobs. >> but some of the funds did go overseas -- >> george, when we started. america's battery industries, only 2% of world production, today, we're close to 40%. those jobs are here in the united states. second is, here's the core issue, we just came out after decade that was a lost decade for the middle class and in the next four years, we're going to have to decide a set of policies,etter the middle class have a chance to raise their kids, save for their college
educations, save for their retirement, and own a home, the question is, what president in that oval office will hear the interests of the middle class or hear the other interests, the ones that have checking accounts in the bahamas, can use the loopholes that allow you to move money to switzerland and only pay 14% while making millions of dollars, that is the question that will sit behind the oval office. >> let's put that question to -- thank you very much, mayor. we have senator kelly ayotte. good morning. >> good morning, george. >> you just heard rahm emanuel, these questions about the tax returns and mitt romney's tenure at bain capital have to be cleared up, because they go right at the heart of what the president is going to deal in with the four years if.
>> george, what's most disappointing about this is the president who ran as an ints presentational leader, look at where we are right now, unfortunately with these attacks, it shows that he's small politician and running on small ballpark politics. no ad is going to decide this election. whether the president likes it or not. economy and jobs are going to decide this election. his record on that is abysmal. we had only 40 straight months of over 8% unemployment. >> but the questions aren't just coming from the president and his campaign. just yesterday the republican governor of alabama, robert bentley came out and said that mitt romney ought to release more tax returns. take a look. >> the best thing to do is to get everything out in the open, say, hey, i have nothing to
hide. >> healy barbour and other top republicans have said the exact same thing. >> george, we has disclosed what he's had to under federal law. he's going to release his 2011 tax returns. but that's not what the american people are focusing on, they're worried about their own tax returns, whether they can find jobs, he wants to increase taxes on small businesses. they're worried about their tax returns. rising health care costs under the president's health care plan. that's the focus of this election. george, the most astounding thing that happened this week is the president's statement that the biggest mistake that he made in his first four years was not telling his story well enough, he doesn't understand that it's his policies that are causing problems and why we aren't turning this economy around and this story isn't going to get any better with four more years.
look at the stimulus that rahm emanuel cited. under 6% unemployment now with $787 billion of government spending and we're over 8% unemployment. >> it's more difficult, i think you would concede for romney to make that, those republicans clearly worried that he's going to continue to face the questions if he doesn't release the returns, you're not? >> i think that the difficult thing is for the president to answer to his economic record with the failed stimulus, higher health care costs and look where we are, he said that he was going to cut the deficit in half in his first four years. he's added $5 trillion to the debt. we have had no budget. look it, right now, one of the things that's most disturbing, our military is going to be decimated because across the board cuts. >> yet, at the same time, i have to go back to you on the tax
returns, you're saying it's not going to hurt. i want to show the filing that the obama campaign continues to refer to, back in 1999, mr. w. mitt romney is the sole shareholder, sole director, chief executive officer, president of bain capital and thus is the controller of bain capital. he attended board meetings of at least one company funded by bain. by a mon sense standard, isn't it hard to argue that romney had no active involvement with the campaign? >> george, by common sense standards, we all know that in 1999, he was working 16 hours a day to turn the olympics around which he did a great job with, so, he addressed it, he wasn't
running bain capital there. he was working at turner olympics. >> how do you explain away that document? >> the president who's just -- >> you know, this has been addressed. bain capital said that he wasn't in charge then. not only that, we know that he had been working 16 hours a dayton olympics. we saw what he did on those olympics. >> why does he have a document that he was chief executive officer and president of bain capital if. >> again, i think this has been addressed. the president can talk all he wants about this. but it's the economy and jobs that are going to address this election and on that, policies wanting to increase taxes on small businesses and the failed stimulus, not going back to washington, focusing on getting our economy moving and this fiscal cliff that we're facing at the end of the year, those are the core issues that are
going to drive voters in november. >> top republicans take your point, they say that governor romney has do a much better job of laying out an agenda for the future? our abc news/washington post poll shows that that can help him now. does governor romney need to put out more aggressive, bold, visionary agenda da? >> i think governor romney has a bold agenda moving forward that he's going reduce our debt, get our fiscal health in order. he has a tax reform plan, it's very different from the president's. not increasing taxes on small businesses. he as an agenda moving forward. it's very important. he has the experience to get americans working again. this president isn't focusing, he's focusing on these small things because he doesn't want to focus on the economy which is
where we need leadership now in our country. >> finally, you have been mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate. would kond leez sa rice be good? >> yes. coming up, our powerhouse roundtable takes on the toughest week yet. mitt romney turned up in an unlikely place today, he gave a speech at the annual naacp conference, i don't know, maybe he confused wit nascar. president obama said that the biggest mistake of his first job was not telling his story to give americans a sense unity, in response, americans were like, yeah, fixing the economy would have been cool. plus, that made in america controversy.
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>> we should be showing our best, not just athletics but best manufactured products. >> this is america. we landed americans on the moon. we should be able to make uniforms for athletes to wear in london. we'll talk about that in our roundtable coming up. george will, as always, donna brazile, matthew dowd, plus our friends james carville and mary matalin. but, george, let me begin with this whole argument, that we saw all week long, the obama campaign said that romney is lying about bain capital. the romney campaign saying that the president is trying to distract from a failed record. who's winning? >> romney is losing at this point in a big way, if something
is going to come out get it out in a hurry. i don't know why, the day that mccain lost in 2008 that he was going to run for president again that he didn't get all of this out and tidy up for his offshore accounts. he's now in the politics business. george, i remember in 1994, in september, sitting in the ritz-carlton hotel on the boston common talking with the republican candidate for senator, named mitt romney, at a time when he was going through a middle version of this, with all of the attacks on his private sector. the republicans have now nominated someone from a financial sector, when the financial sector in extremely bad odor. hardly a day goes by, libor scandal, t.a.r.p., all of this conditions the atmosphere in
which this occurring. >> how much is it hurting? >> i don't think, respect my esteemed colleague here, people don't care where his bank accounts are. they don't care about his taxes, they care about their own taxes. this is a different election cycle. he's released 2010, he's releasing 2011, he has full disclosures, no tax advantage of being offshore. the democratic chairman has these offshore accounts, but it's a distraction. and it's not what people care about. and it hasn't hurt him anywhere. the obama campaign has spent $100 million, three-quarters of it negative and the dynamic hasn't changed. there has been movement back and forth, maybe some democrats coming home, but the dynamics haven't changed.
it's a dead heat. the issues that people care about most are going to romney. >> people living in subtropical climates, once your furniture is mildew, it's not coming back. you got to throw it out. bain is being defined as some kind of capitalism that got rid of jobs and everything else. it doesn't mean he's going to lose the election. bain is going to be a net loser for romney. i think the opinions have set in. i'm not saying that's the end of the election cycle for romney, but he's clearly lost this argument. and he's going to continue to lose it. >> i agree that the bain thing is a problem, but i think it's been a problem for a long period of time. the republicans that ran against romney in the primaries didn't
do it well. a problem in the primaries that they didn't do well. neither side wants to run on their record. barack obama doesn't want to run on his record, which is why he's doing everything to tear down mitt romney's record. he has an advantage of looking to the future. so, he wants to distract from that. mitt romney knows that he can't run on a record, he doesn't have a massachusetts record to run on. now bain is a problem. what we're going to have, 90% of what we're going to talk is about bad things about the other guy. my fear is that this is going to be a very close election. whoever wins this election is going to have no mandate or no vision of where we want this country. and that's a problem.
>> you served at at least two presidential campaigns, how do you explain why governor romney hasn't put out more of his tax returns? >> i have seen this with candidates and i saw this with dwi with president bush, came out late in the campaign. and a number of other candidates that i worked for. first, obviously, there's something there. that compromises what he said in the past about something. but i think the bigger thing is, it's arrogance. many of these politicians think, i can get away with it. that in the end is the problem that sort of walk into these, i don't have to do this, i can agrez it in another way. >> i want to get to don nadonna you're nodding your head. >> mitt romney released all
that's necessary for people to understand something about my finances. something is a pregnant word. the cost of not releasing the returns are clear, therefore, he must calculated that there are higher costs in releasing them. >> drip, drip, that's the problem. that's how you get to the mildew in the first place. that's why there's a mold that the campaign has to get rid. in 2002 to establish his residency in the state of massachusetts to run for governor, he had to say i had a leave of absence, technically coming back, technically doing this. but we don't know. he won't release again. he has a penchant for secrecy. if i were working for romney, i would get bain to release all of the relevant information, let's see what's on the record and
also, i think he could clear it up by releasing his taxes from that president, it's a gray area and maybe we can find out more. >> mary, do you think he can tough it out? >> can we put some real facts on the table? we know that the facts. he took a leave of absence to run the olympics in 1999. he never returned to bain. he filed everything with s.e.c. being a shareholder or office holder, we did not put him in any manageri managerial at bain. including a democrat for obama who ran for the senate. >> but he said that he had no involvement with bain. these documents seem to have contradicted that. doesn't that add up to
involvement? >> the charge was that he was making decisions -- which by the way the real issue here, lying to the american people about outsourcing is what this election should be about. outsourcing is not a goal of private equity or -- it's a consequence of the global economy. it's one of the -- if there were investments made with bain that produced outsourcing that was with that money. president obama has outsourced jobs with our tax money. >> mary, is it not call a real fact that mitt romney gave to the mccain company when it was considering him as a running mate 23 years of tax returns? >> so what -- let's say he gives 23 years, two decades of tax
returns out, is that going to produce two jobs? is it going to produce anything toward a mandate, anything toward the debate of what this is about? the charge that he's hiding -- >> you know, if that's the truth serum in that cup, you were advising a candidate like mitt romney in this case, you would say he needs to get it out there. that's what i need to do because the direction of the country is a back, mitt romney, mitt romney did the same exact thing a that barack obama is doing to him. he did it to newt gingrich. you're taking my record out of context. he did the same thing to rick santorum. all of a sudden, he's running in a general election against a professional group of people, against very astute politicians,
against a chicago machine that did exactly what he did. >> he's not saying that. >> there's no policy that will give mitt romney any cover that says, here's my jobs plan. >> james, how about his other point, if you run and win a campaign, like this, there's no mandate coming out to help the middle class? >> i agree. i think, i do believe this is a 30-year problem that's been ongoing and i expect the president to actually talk about his next term and what he's going to do about the next term. and i think one of the big things that's happened in this campaign is kind of surprising,
i'm a longtime reader of george will, he writes about the law of unintended consequences. we thought that it would help super pacs. the democratic super packs have been much better, they have driven the debate much more than the republican super pacs. whether that continues through october and november, i'm not willing to say, but as of july 15th it's the democratic super pacs that have driven this bain tax returns. >> the whole story about advertising, advertising dollars are just good as the product they're advertising. >> one of the things that you're seeing with all of this, donna, an absolutely deadlocked race, where somewhere 94% of the country have made up their mind.
the >> that's why it matters to have this debate now, because what's happening, president obama's offense. he's engaging voters and he's closed the enthusiasm gap. democrats are coming back, they're more excited because they see a president who's out there defending his record on on the economy, stabilizing the economy, rescuing the auto industry, bringing bin laden to justice, on and on. they like the fact that he has the spirit. yesterday, in the rain, he was getting drenched, telling women, i'm sorry about your hair dos. >> one more issue befr we move on, flash on the drudge report, on friday, showing romney narrows vp choices, condi emerges as a frontrunner. do you think that's a viable
front runner? >> not. i love condi. she's vetted. she's tested. she doesn't want to do it. in the case of condoleezza rice, when she says she doesn't want to do it, she doesn't want to do it. >> i mean -- >> choosing condoleezza rice would inject tremendous excitement in the campaign and remove all suspense from the outcome, you would have an uproar at the convention in tampa, a challenge to her on the floor, and he would lose 40 states. >> i would rather have condoleezza rice than sarah palin, okay --
>> the other question coming this morning, you're hearing this a lot, from republican governors right now, they're saying, fine, whatever mitt romney dozen the tax returns, what he needs to do is come out with a much more specific, more bolder agenda. >> i actually think he needs to do -- he has a 62-point plan, he needs a three-point plan, the problem in politics isn't too many specifics, the problem in politics is how do you pare it down? he needs a much more limited, a limited message. the other thing that he has a problem with, is that most of his economic plan feels like re 25 years ago, it feels like, what we're going to give you is more tax cuts, less government regulations, it feels like
something in time gone by. as james' book said, lot of the middle class think that those solutions aren't going to help him. i would figure out a three-point, five-point plan. >> well, we have the reagan example. win the cold war, cut taxes. lighten regulatory. we won the cold war. 59 is less than three. pass quail said i'm sorry for the long letter, i didn't have time to write a short one. >> he's been the nominee for under three months, he's raising unprecedented amount of money. what he's doing now is raising money to be sent in the fall, obama is burning through his money, he's burning through his money that he won't be able to
recapture, mitt romney, what we found in all of the polls, what people say about mitt romney, they don't know who he is. here's mitt romney, what i will do on day one? two complicated plans. having been in that conference, he has very specific, 21st century plans for energy, for debt reform, regulatory reform, tax reform, it's very specific. it's all on his website. he'll be introduced to the count country at the convention and he'll be great. >> in one state, columbus, ohio, two campaigns and the super pacs supporting them ran 1,648 commercials. now, we're going to learn, soon that the declining utility of
political dollars, both sides will have enough and they'll find the last political dollars buy nothing. >> the least effective dollars in the presidential race, the most effective race is in the race for assessor. because we know these guys. >> the early definition on the challenges of 2004, made a difference. the early definition on a challenge of 2012 is making somewhat of a difference here, but now, his attitude -- people really know these guys, and so the next dollar in a presidential, the dollar that you spend on the presidential race is less than effective than the assessor race. >> the people who are going to decide this election, are those
who like president obama but don't like the direction of the country. he doesn't have the answers. i think that ultimately he has to focus. >> i want to switch topics. the bombshell report came out from louis freeh on the penn state scandal. >> our most saddening and sobering finding is the totally disregard for sandusky child victims by the most senior leaders at penn state. the most powerful men at penn state failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who sandusky victimized. >> donna, all of the leaders of penn state, including the joe paterno, some are saying that
the ncaa should stop, suspend the football program. >> i totally agree. there should be some penalty, some acknowledgment that there was gross abuse of children, neglect in their duties as officers of that university, when i read that report, george, i thought about the catholic church, the boy scouts, other institutions that have been implicated in these kind of cases, what i like about the report at the end, he gave us 120 recommendations of how we can protect children in the future. he gave us a blueprint of how to avoid this happening. it's a sad episode. >> james, i was looking at naacp. >> look, this is awful. people are talking about the death penalty of penn state. that's a dumb idea. lives have been ruined, let's go
out and ruin more lives. let's suspend the program, who knows what he's going to do, let's take every contract that has been signed, penn state/wisconsin game, everybody who has a molt in happy valley, let's ruin their lives. this is really a bad idea. let penn state football play, make money, bring the trial lawyers in. pluck that chicken clean. >> sitting behind james and donna, lsu, we hait's inheritn' discord, it's corrupting, you'll get this and elsewhere different forms of corruption. because big-time football has no business on college campus. >> reporter: george, one thing
it's an awful situation. if you took jerry sandusky and you substitute the priest and joe paterno and substitute bishop that's what you v it's an institutional corrupt problem. nobody said that let's give the catholic church the death penalty. is there something inside the catholic church needs to be changed? >> why isn't one year suspension? why isn't that appropriate? >> jerry sandusky and joe paterno is the only thing going on, we're fooling ourselves. >> are they juniors, what do
they do that hethere? to do something like this. and look, to george's point, yes, i'm a big college football fan, is it a kind of corrupting influence? yes, of course it is. we all know that. >> but college, we're going through, we're looking at colleges, is more than just learning in the class room experience, i'm not a college football person, i didn't grow up with it, but it's your whole culture in lsu and part of these kids enjoying, moving into adulthood, and i don't think we should undo it. >> we'll have to take a break right now. back with more of our roundtable in moments. this is our beach.
♪ hanging up here. >> the supreme court of the united states has reversed its decision of the florida supreme court and now my friends, in a phrase that i once addressed to others, it's tim for me to go. osama bin laden has been kill killed. >> took custody of his body. a couple of the most memorable tv moments of all time. according to nielsen, the number one of course was the 9/11 attacks back in 2001. george, you have kind of an off the wall moment. >> i think with television does best is unscripted live things, live sports, of course baseball
best of all, greatest game in my judgment in baseball history was the 1960 pirates/yankees game seven. won by bill mazeroski's walk-off home run, television did it. only television could do it. >> there is it. >> that's yogi berra playing left field. >> donna? >> the one that sticks in my mind one that i will never forget, seeing the pictures of people struggling to get air lifted out of hurricane katrina, thinking about my own family, so that will also be the moment that i remember the brave reporters, the brave service people who risked their lives to save others. >> that was number two on the nielsen list. >> i picked the watergate hearings. that's why i got into politics. that's when i was 12, 13 years old. i remember going on vacation with my brothers and sisters, they were playing outside and i
was fixated on the watergate hearings. these two reporters basically took down a president. which, to me, brought me into politics and what we do and why we do it. >>. >> i picked the memorable moment, man lands on the moon. i it was unbelievable. 9/11. katrina, my new orleans. >> that was the latest that i ever stayed up. that was 8 years old when that up. and walter cronkite could say, oh, boy. i picked 9/11.
the one-year anniversary. it was more gut-wrenching the second time around. it's amazing how well it was covered live and if you didn't see it then, it's still shocking. >> how much were you aware of what everyone else was seeing? >> nothing. >> we saw -- the only thing that we looked at the television is, captured in that iconic photo of the towers imploding and the vice president, we all saw that. we weren't watching tv. few other things on our plate. we didn't watch it for several days after, nobody watches tv in the white house anywhere. i can't even imagine, my mind can't wrap around the country seeing that contemporaries you. >> seeing that second plane going in live was shocking. all 20 of the top 20 were all breaking news, live event.
i have number 43. that was the finale of m.a.s.h. 100 million people watched. alan alda in that finale of m.a.s.h., you see hawk aye right there. it was an incredible dramatic moment. we won't see the same kind of audience for broadcast news. you can see the full list of the tv's most memorable moments on abc.com/thisweek. but first -- ♪ >> three moments from this week in history. what year was it. >> elian gonzalez sparked a tug of war with cuba. >> this week, hillary clinton and rick lazio had their first face-off. >> that was a wonderful performance and you did it very
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soldiers killed in afghanistan. and finally, your voice this week, today's question comes from ronald stan berry who asked, why can't we have a debate now between the presumptive candidates while there is time left to kor? >> i would love to see it. both candidates have an open ib viet to have that debate. we do no that the commission on presidential debates has a full slate of three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate kicking off in october. our invitation is open for that. i'll see you tomorrow on "good morning america."
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